It seems like not that long ago tablets were new, shiny toys only the most successful of business people could afford. Yet in the intervening years dozens of new models have sprung up in many different price ranges. Today anyone can afford a tablet and they are an irreplaceable tool for business—but not all tablets are great for all purposes.

If you want to use your tablet to create presentations and other business documents you should be prepared to make a significant investment, but there are still several great tablets you can find in a decent price range.

If you’re a business person you simply have to check out these tablets:

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Marketed as “the tablet that will replace your laptop”, the Surface Pro is pretty hefty for a tablet but it comes with a 12.3 inch display you’ll love watching videos on and full Windows 10 functionality. The keyboard attachment is hailed as one of the best in the industry and comes in a few different colors. It also has an SD card slot so you can increase the device’s memory.

Apple iPad Air 2

This 9.7 inch is much lighter than the Surface Pro and offers all the functionality of iOS 8. It can connect to any Bluetooth keyboard and if you use a Mac at work it is incredibly easy to transfer files between your tablet and your computer—even wirelessly. An iPad Mini is a more affordable option but the iPad Air gives you an extended battery life as well as extra screen space.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

If you do a lot of presentations this is the ideal tablet for you. The rotating base actually contains a projector so you can stand it up and give a presentation directly from your tablet—all you need is a wall. It can also be propped up on your desk using the stand and connected to a Bluetooth keyboard to make it better for extended typing sessions.

Dell Venue 8 7000

Dell might have once been known for computers but today they are one of the best providers of affordable tablets and the Venue 8 7000 is one of their best. It comes with a high quality edge-to-edge display and full Android functionality. You can purchase a Dell keyboard attachment to go with it if you find yourself doing a lot of extended typing sessions on the go.

Asus Transformer Book T200

This tablet-and-keyboard combo is an excellent middle ground between full laptop and light tablet and is consistently rated among the best cheap tablet options for business. Its full size keyboard means you won’t have to do much adjusting to be able to type properly on it. It also runs fully functional Windows 8.1, making it compatible with all your existing office software. A hard drive component on the bottom makes it easy to expand the memory of this device. It’s a bit heavier than some of the other tablets on this list but is definitely a great choice for anyone who does a lot of business writing on the road.

The best business tablet for you depends entirely on your needs and budget but business professionals swear by these 5 models for good reasons. Purchase yours today and you will love doing business on the road.

Posted by Norah Martin

Norah has been timidly exploring the world of marketing for years, finally taking the plunge and becoming a small business owner herself. She is now devoted more than ever to the exploration of the latest trends, and has become quite addicted - she spends way too much time reading up on the latest social media crazes.